Batman – One Bad Day: Mr. Freeze #1 Micro-Review – One Fundamental Flaw

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Batman One Bad Day Mr. Freeze 1, cover, 2022, Matteo Scalera, Dave Stewart, Mr. FreezeTITLE: Batman – One Bad Day: Mr. Freeze #1
AUTHOR: Gerry Duggan
ARTISTS:
Matteo Scalera, Dave Stewart (Colorist), Deron Bennett (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 15, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

My big issue with this…uh, issue, is that it paints Victor Fries as a bad apple even before the accident with his wife that turned him into Mr. Freeze. That waters down the tragedy element that makes the Mr. Freeze origin story so heart-breaking. The issue is otherwise well written and beautifully drawn. But it’s got that one fundamental flaw that drags it down.

On the upside, the story provides a nice glimpse into the kind heart of Dick Grayson, who is still Robin in this story.

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A Nightwing #97 Micro-Review – The Return of [Redacted]

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TITLE: Nightwing #97
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Geraldo Borges, Caio Filipe (Co-Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The ending of this issue really surprised me. We see the return of a character from an era on this Nightwing title that I didn’t think we were going to touch on again. At least not so soon. I kind of thought we were all just going to pretend like it never happened.

On another note entirely, this issue sees Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon have intimate relations while a mobster sits in the next room. Kinda hot, though I doubt Batman would approve.

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A Nightwing #96 Micro-Review – The Anti-Batman

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Nightwing 96, cover, 2022, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Nightwing #96
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Caio Filipe (Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer)

RELEASED: September 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue really encapsulates what I’ll call the “Anti-Batman” spirit Taylor, Redondo, and the gang have created with their run on Nightwing. Meaning Dick lives his live with hope, draws people together instead of shutting them out, etc. There’s even a line in this issue about Dick having to “fight a lot of Bruce’s more toxic programming.”

That quote comes from a pretty great scene between Dick and Barbara. This Taylor/Redondo run has done more for them as a couple than any other story in more than a decade.

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A Nightwing #95 Micro-Review – Calling in Favors

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Nightwing 95, cover, 2022, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Nightwing #95
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Caio Filipe (Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Dick calls in some favors in this issue. As such, Redondo and Lucas get to (albeit briefly) show us a whole bunch of DC heroes together. That’s pretty damn cool.

Batwoman also has a decent-sized role in this issue, which is fun.

The plot thickens as it relates to Dick and Blockbuster…

Have we reached the point yet where we can formally acknowledge that Taylor, Redondo, and this team are turning in one of the all-time great Nightwing runs? I say we have.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #6 Micro-Review – Robin Joins the Circus?!?

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Batman Superman World's Finest 6, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #6
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Travis Moore, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist),  Aditya Bidikar (Letterer). Cover by Dan Mora.
RELEASED:
August 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’ve enjoyed Travis Moore and Tamra Bonvillain’s cover work on Superman: Son of Kal-El in recent months. So to see them together on this book was nice. Especially doing a more classic Superman and Batman. They also do Dan Mora’s Dick Grayson/Robin design a lot of justice.

So Dick gets sent back in time, and what does he do to survive? He joins the circus. Talk about goin’ with what you know…

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A Nightwing #94 Micro-Review – Corruption and Catharsis

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Nightwing 94, cover, 2022, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Nightwing #94
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Geraldo Borges, Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Cover by Bruno Redondo.

RELEASE DATE: July 19, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Geraldo Borges tags in for Bruno Redondo on interior pencils and inks here. I’d call the transition pretty smooth, aided by colorist Adriano Lucas.

It feels like Tom Taylor is getting a measure of catharsis in writing Nightwing taking down corrupt cops and public officials. Not that I blame him.

This issue introduces a couple of Metropolis characters into the series. Their inclusion could dial up the intrigue, so I’m curious to see what Taylor does with them moving forward.

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A Nightwing #93 Micro-Review – Corrupt Cops and a Stupid Villain

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Nightwing 93, Pride variant cover, Nick RoblesTITLE: Nightwing #93
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Wade Von Grawbadger (Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Variant cover by Nick Robles.

RELEASED: June 21, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is something of a feel-good issue. Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon take on corrupt Bludhaven cops. One of those parties gets their comeuppance. I’ll let you guess which one.

Heartless, a new villain for Nightwing that was introduced at the beginning of the Taylor/Redondo run, makes a really stupid mistake in this issue: He underestimates Blockbuster. Like, it’s so stupid that it’s almost out of character. Though I can’t officially say that, as we don’t know who’s under that mask yet…

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A Nightwing #92 Micro-Review – Gorgeously Vintage

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Nightwing 92, cover, 2022, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Nightwing #92
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue’s opening pages have a gorgeous vintage look to them, complete with classic costumes for Batman, Robin, and Batgirl.

George Perez and Marv Wolfman have a background cameo in this issue. That feels more than appropriate in the wake of Perez’s passing. Those two did more for Dick Grayson than perhaps anyone since his creators.

There’s a beautiful two-page spread here of Nightwing leaping from the cityscape, silhouetted in the light of the moon. Hat tip to Redondo and Lucas.

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #10 Micro-Review – Pulling Focus

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TITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #10
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Cian Tormey, Federico Blee (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Travis Moore & Tamra Bonvillain.

RELEASED: April 12, 2022

Dick Grayson makes another appearance in this issue, as does Batman. I tend to not like it when Batman and his cast of characters guest star in other books too much, particularly Superman books. They inevitably pull focus away from Big Blue. Taylor does it in a way that isn’t as obnoxious as it can sometimes be. But nevertheless, let’s keep the focus on Jon…

On the plus side, Taylor makes this a strong issue for Lois Lane, as she goes toe to toe with Lex Luthor at a press conference.

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #9 Micro-Review – Not Ready For a Pedestal

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Superman Son of Kal-El 9, cover, 2022, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #9
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Wade Von Grawbadger (Co-Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer)

RELEASED: March 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Bruno Redondo and Adriano Lucas always do great work. So it’s nice to see them get this guest spot on Superman.

I’ve got mixed feelings about this story’s portrayal of Jon Kent and Dick Grayson as a new World’s Finest team of sorts. I prefer Jon with Damian Wayne.

I do like the respect Jon has for Dick, though. Taylor writes some nice chummy chemistry between them. The team does work. I’m just not ready to put them on a pedestal.

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